AAFES aims to be military shoppers’ first choice for the holidays

American Forces Press Service DALLAS — Promotions, prizes and popular name brands will anchor the efforts of Army & Air Force Exchange Service officials to invite military families to “rediscover the value” their exchange is offering this holiday season. Exclusive savings on holiday decorations, care package items and electronics will be cycling in and out […]

Editorial: Holidays takes root in trimph over powers

Easter and Passover, signal celebrations in Christianity and Judaism, are linked through the calendar and through long tradition. It is perhaps not surprising, then, that they show other kinships, including some that might be surprising to some who are merely passive believers. The most striking similarity is that both holidays represent liberation from and triumph […]

Officials stress winter safety precautions

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Winter brings holidays, parties, cold temperatures — and safety issues. Fires, burglaries and purse snatching, and spoiling food at parties can cause problems, but steps can be taken to protect yourself and your family. To prevent fires, keep ashes cleaned out of fireplaces or wood-burning stoves away from anything […]

Christmas on the house

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By Clarence Plnk: PNT Staff Writer Families breaking bread during the holidays has been a tradition for centuries. They sit around a table enjoying each other’s company and are grateful for their blessings. Another tradition took place in Portales on Christmas Day at El Ranchos Restaurant as the Garcia Family served lunch to the community. […]

Dec. 21, 2008 Portales Junior High News

Basketball begins new yearWhile most students are celebrating the holidays, the basketball teams will be staying in shape for games the first week of 2009. Thursday, the seventh-grade boys’ and girls’ “B” teams host the Floyd Broncos. Saturday, all four of the girls’ teams are in both of our gyms playing Ruidoso while all four […]

Holiday shoppers spending less

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Jeremy and Michelle King of Clovis said the economic downturn has them spending less during the holidays. Strolling with their children Saturday through the North Plains Mall, the Kings said their holiday shopping this year is focused on their children. Michelle King, 32, a state employee, said they are […]

Residents thankful for falling gas prices

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By Sarah Meyer and Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico With gas prices more than a dollar less than they were around the holidays last year, families have one worry to scratch off their list this year. The current average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $2.012 for New Mexico, according to AAA […]

Nov. 27, 1959

The Portales News-Tribune reported that Sgt. Jerry Mathis and his wife came from Germany, where he was stationed, to visit his parents in Portales for the holidays. They were to be in the area until late December after Christmas.

Many airmen move during holidays

By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections Instead of tinsel and lights, their homes are filled with brown cardboard boxes. And rather than neatly folded, brightly colored wrapping paper, the rustle of packing paper being swathed around fragile items echoes through empty rooms. Military families are no strangers to moving, but many at Cannon Air Force Base […]

Notes on appreciation, understanding

Anita Doberman It’s almost impossible not to think about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during the holidays. As military families, we may have loved ones away, and the holidays can be a particularly trying time. I find the holidays reveal a deep disconnect between military families and civilians. Most non-military people I come across […]

Military life foreign concept to many

By Anita Doberman: Columnist It’s almost impossible not to think about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during the holidays. As military families, we may have loved ones away and the holidays can be a particularly trying time. I found that to me the holidays reveal a deep disconnect between military families and civilians. Most […]

There’s power in being bossed

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Once upon a time, a warlord rampaged throughout the countryside, killing every peasant until only a monk remained. Furious, he ordered the monk brought before him and shouted, “Do you know who I am?” “I am he who can run you through with a sword without even batting an eye!” […]

Chapel, Clovis community make holidays brighter for single Airmen

Airman 1st Class Jessica Martinez, 524th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, walks off with one of the more than two dozen prizes awarded at the Single Airmen’s Holiday Dinner Dec. 15. Janet Taylor-Birkey “It was pretty bad,” said Mr. Al Jolly to a roomful of Airmen at the chapel Dec. 15, recalling his first Christmas in the […]

County News (Dec. 21)

Dora News Weather turns cold Someone must have left the gate open wide up north, at least we have had a lot of cold and breezy days. Bible study travels The Dora Baptist ladies Bible class visited with a shut-in member for Bible study time Sunday. Mary Blakeley, Norma Cummings and Charlie Carmichael went down […]

“War on Christmas” an overreaching description

By Kevin Wilson There are a few things that have been crossing my mind lately. Some thoughts are larger than others, but none were large enough to dedicate an entire 500 words to. • Neither side is completely right in this “Happy Holidays” argument. The reason merchants say “Happy Holidays” is because it’s easier than […]

Prepare for holiday depression in advance

Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Now it’s official. Halloween candy has hardened and most of us have recovered from eating three times our body weight at Thanksgiving. That means we can gallop onward like a Santa sleigh to the very next step. The big stretch of Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza and whatever year-end celebration may abound by cavemen in […]

The Huber guide to a PC Yuletide

Bob Huber: Humor Columnist Now comes Christmas with its roasted chestnuts and guys begging change for charity in front of Wal-Mart stores, all of which makes me watch my language. I learned that yuletide lesson as a youngster when my mother utilized her Nebraska wit by saying, “If you can‘t talk clean during the holidays, […]

Don’t let change dampen your holidays

By Helena Rodriguez When you come from a family as huge as mine, you start to feel lonely as fewer and fewer people come home for Christmas each year. And when you start to compare the stress-filled holidays of your adulthood to the carefree ones of your childhood, Christmas can lose that “magical touch.” As […]

Nov. 17 Floyd News

By Jennifer Essary Transitions Birthdays: Panny Bigler; Delbert Rector Upcoming events • Seniors meet Thursday night for games and friendship. • The Back Porch Pickers meet this Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Community Building. This is open to everyone in the community and surrounding area that have any interest playing or listening to music. […]

Nov. 10 Floyd News

By Jennifer Essary Transitions Birthdays: Justin Whitecotton; Lewis Gregory; Darcee Chenault; Holly Chandler. Upcoming Events • Seniors meet Thursday night for games and friendship. • Thanksgiving holidays for the school will be Nov. 24-28. Football The Floyd Broncos were victorious over Mountainair, 49-16. The undefeated Broncos will play for the state title against Melrose at […]